Braves' Gohara sprains ankle in fielding drill

Fourth-ranked lefty prospect will be re-evaluated in two weeks

Luiz Gohara has averaged 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings over his five-year career in the Minors. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

By Alex Kraft / MiLB.com | March 9, 2018 9:29 PM

Luiz Gohara's first start of 2018 has been pushed back.

The Braves' fourth-ranked prospect sprained his left ankle during a fielding drill before Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees. X-rays were negative, but the team said he won't be re-evaluated for two weeks.

"We've got to evaluate him," Snitker told MLB.com. "I'd be 100 percent certain he ain't going to pitch Sunday."

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The injury occured when Gohara stepped on the first base bag during a pitcher's fielding drill. According to MLB.com, he was wearing a walking boot while leaving Champion Stadium and the team hopes he can go through his normal spring preparations and be ready by April 10.

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Acquired from the Mariners in January 2017 in the trade for outfielder Mallex Smith and right-hander Shae Simmons, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound lefty reached the Majors for the first time last season. After going 7-4 with a 2.62 ERA, 147 strikeouts and 44 walks over 123 2/3 frames across three Minor League levels, Gohara joined the Braves as a September callup. While he went 1-3 with a 4.91 ERA in the big leagues, he issued only eight walks while fanning 31 over 29 1/3 innings.

Ranked as MLB.com's No. 49 overall prospect, Gohara sports an upper-90's fastball that's one of the hardest among left-handed prospects. Scouts have compared the Brazil native to big-bodied pitchers like David Wells and C.C. Sabathia and project him to have a long-term future as a starter.

Alex Kraft is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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